Blogging

The perils of being a print magazine

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Got this in the mail yesterday morning: Oops. A day too late. Of course there may still be no deal, but this cover was clearly designed after Cummings’ memo saying that the negotiations were now very unlikely. (I currently have the Spectator on a trial free sub, which soon runs out. I want to support […]

Boris Johnson

The last-minute stitch-up begins

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And so it begins: The sudden smiles from Leo Varadkar, the Irish Taoiseach, after his meeting with Boris Johnson in the Wirral on Thursday caught everyone by surprise. They didn’t take me by surprise, because I’ve been predicting the last-minute stitch-up for years. For the last three weeks EU diplomats and officials have been relentlessly […]

Boris Johnson

The gentleman fool

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Following on from the previous post, I wanted to add the following. In such extraordinary times, when we are facing a coup, only a patsy, or a a very narrow-minded lawyer, says things like, ‘We have to play like a gentleman, if the law says X then X it is’. Lenin and Stalin went out […]

Environment

This is how popular net zero is

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Watch this section of Sajid Javid’s speech at the Conservative Party conference. He’s about to get some applause for expressing his wish for Manchester to elect a Tory mayor. Although this is clearly an unrealistic desire, he still gets applause, because this is a Tory conference, and they’re applauding everything. But then he starts talking […]

Brexit

Hard question is in fact easy

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Conservative traitor Caroline Noakes asks a question in Parliament, a question which Telegraph hack Michael Deacon seems to think a telling one, but to which there is in fact a simple answer which will clear up all the problems: Question of the day, however, came from Caroline Nokes, MP for Romsey & Southampton North. Mrs […]

LibDems

LibDems with blue rosettes

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It’s telling, isn’t it, how easily someone can be a Conservative MP one day, and a Lib Dem MP the next? No change of beliefs is needed. No change of mindset. The MP carries on exactly as before, saying the same things. One could also imagine such people joining New Labour, before the Corbynites took […]

Brexit

There’s no end to this Parliament’s powers if this counts as law

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How is this ‘the law’? Mr Johnson’s Government has been told to publish communications connected to prorogation and no-deal Brexit planning after MPs supported an emergency Commons motion.   Former attorney general Dominic Grieve’s demand for all written and electronic contact about the temporary suspension of Parliament and Operation Yellowhammer documents since July 23 to be released was […]